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Off-Road Riding Options for Fall 2019!

Riding, riding and MORE riding… It’s what we’re all about!

Last year a lot of girls reached out to us after Over And Out asking where they could go ride next, and since public riding land in the Northeast is pretty scarce we didn’t have a whole lot of suggestions. Well, the tides are turning as our community grows, and this year we’ve got some rad recommendations!

Check out some of these off-road riding options for Fall 2019, and go have some more adventures!!!

Illustration by @blindthistle

Illustration by @blindthistle

BABES IN THE DIRT EAST SEPTEMBER 20-22

For the first time in their 5-year run producing super-fun women’s riding events, the Babes In The Dirt crew is heading east to Greenville, TN and it’s sure to be a RAD time!

This 3-day 2-night event will be at the I-81 Motorsports Park with MX Training from Ashley Fiolek, Flat Track School from Johnny Lewis and demos from Husqvarna Motorcycles!

We’ll see you there! Learn more at babesinthedirt.com.

@marcoinithewoods photographed by Jenny Linquist

@marcoinithewoods photographed by Jenny Linquist

Photo by Jenny Linquist

Photo by Jenny Linquist

@onewheelwheatley photographed by Jenny Linquist

@onewheelwheatley photographed by Jenny Linquist

THE DEL VAL TRAIL RIDERS CLUB

The DVTR guided the dual sport rides that ran off-site from Over And Out this year, and they were nothing short of amazing! The DVTR is all about that pure love of riding and having fun with friends.

DVTR members gain club affiliation that allows them to race in ECEA hare scrambles and enduros; plus the DVTR hosts their own events. They are running America’s longest-running dual sport, the Michaux, (which has been sold out for months! sorry!) but they have more events to come, like their Dirty Santa Ride - a family-friendly ride that benefits Toys for Tots at holiday time. Learn more at dvtrailriders.org.

Illustration by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Illustration by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

OVER AND OUT MOTO-X OCTOBER 4-6

Our newest event hits the Northeast just in time for beautiful Fall weather and changing leaves. We’re super excited to take over another beautiful private property for ladies only! Join us on a gorgeous farm to ride a fun, private motocross track, woods loops, the greater farmland, or take a map to go on a lovely 80/20 dual sport ride to explore the area and moto-tourist-friendly Delaware River towns nearby.

Read more about the riding options at OAOMX here, and stay tuned for all exciting event details posting over the next month by subscribing to our email list.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

FAMOUS READING OUTDOORS

We are so stoked to partner with Famous Reading Outdoors on our Summer event. I’ve been riding on this land for years and have had some of my biggest challenges (aka getting my ass handed to me) and triumphs riding this wild coal-mining terrain so it’s near to my heart.

It’s also great because you can ride there year round and experience some super challenging stuff. FRO has expanded their offerings, making it easy to try a one-day trial pass, or secure an annual membership and maps online! Learn more at: readingoutdoors.com

Women's East Coast Enduro Ambassadors at Over And Out

Over And Out Moto brings together women who ride (or want to ride) all types of off-road terrain including woods, enduro, dual sport, motocross and more.

If you don’t know where to begin with off-road riding it can be confusing or challenging to get started, and it can be super intimidating to join a race unless you meet people who help you along, or meet friends who try it with you!

Sure enough in the past year since our first event, a handful of women who met at OAO teamed up to do their first enduros, races and hare scrambles as members of the DVTR riding club. These ladies are coming back to OAO this year, ready to lend their advice about moving forward into new off-road riding (and racing!) adventures..

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“What I love most about racing and riding in the ECEA is the opportunity to ride through beautiful places that are normally closed off to bikes, and the chance to pursue the next level of riding on my own terms, without being pressured into winning.”
- Katie Baden, Delaware Valley Trail Riders, KTM Freeride

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”I am in awe that I even showed up to my first race. You know when you fully believe that something is out of your reach? It’s for someone else to do. For someone stronger or smarter or better with way superior, bushier eyebrows who can wheelie? But then you do the thing and you clearly see all the make believe barriers you create or agree to. You realize you can do just about anything if you have the desire, if you persist and if you take the chance that you, your very own vulnerable, imperfect self, has limitless potential.”
- Nicole Maniez, DVTR, KTM 150 XCW

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“I joined an ECEA club because I love riding off road. It gives me the opportunity to meet awesome women and men who love to ride also. You don’t have to race Enduros or Hare Scrambles to have fun. I’m in it for the trail riding, the people and the opportunities to grow as a proficient rider.”
- Tamara Berisha, DVTR, KTM 250 EXC-F

Keep your eyes peeled for the Women’s East Coast Enduro Association Ambassadors at Over And Out. They’ll be wearing hi-viz bandanas and they’re all set to talk to you about racing and riding with the ECEA!

Guided Dual Sport Rides

We’re super proud to have the Del Val Trail Riders as our partners, helping us create amazing dual sport routes for this year’s Over And Out! The DVTR team knows the area well, and has not only helped us create banging routes, but key members will be supporting us as guides and sweeps!

For riders with plated dirt bikes, enduros or dual sport bikes, these rides will go out from the OAO event space and explore some awesome off-road routes in the local area. Reminder: you must have an event ticket to sign up for the dual sport rides! Get one here.

Learn all about this year’s rides and sign up below!

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THE GUIDES

Our amazing guide this year is Marika Pamart, a passionate rider and coordinator of all-women’s track days. Marika will be leading the pack, flanked by experienced dual sport sweeps from the DVTR. You’ll be in excellent hands on this ride, 1000%!

Marika is super passionate about female riding experiences, and just as Over And Out was created to provide cross-exposure for women who ride enduro vs. dual sport, Marika also created a program called Ruts To Racelines that has the same philosophy - exposing asphalt track riders to dirt and vice-versa!

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THE RIDES

FRIDAY 1 - 5pm | THE GHOST TOWN

Friday’s route will go out from OAO to the town of Centralia, PA, once a populated coal mining town until an uncontrollable underground fire broke out in the mining tunnels back in 1962, still burning to this day!

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The town went into decline, and in the 90’s the town’s buildings were condemned and the zip code officially eliminated. Since then the ground has continued to fissure and shift making it an eerie sight. The town was the inspiration for the design of the psychological horror game, Silent Hill.

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What was once PA Route 61 has over time come to be known as The Graffiti Highway. Here’s a nice article about The Graffiti Highway on Forbes. And, here’s a hilarious one from Buzzfeed.

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SATURDAY 9am - 4pm | MOUNTAIN OF THE SLEEPING BEAR

The town of Jim Thorpe was originally named Mauch Chunk, meaning “Mountain of the Sleeping Bear”. Nestled between beautiful ridges full of foliage, it has been referred to as “The Switzerland of America” and consistently named one of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America!

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Saturday’s dual sport ride will depart from the OAO event and cover a wide range of terrain: farm roads with sweeping views, dirt trails through the woods, rocky haul roads and more. You’ll stop along some beautiful overlooks for fun photo ops before making your way into the town of Jim Thorpe.

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This ride will stop in town by about 12pm to grab lunch at Molly Maguires (lunch is not included). The restaurant is named for the Molly Maguires - a 19th century Irish secret society known for activism, but whose members were accused of crimes and executed right in the town of Mauch Chunk, now Jim Thorpe. This history remains a big piece of local Pennsylvania lore.

And on the way back you’ll stop for ice cream! haha.

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GUIDELINES

  • These routes are for plated, registered and insured bikes, low to mid-range cc.

  • We recommend a max of 650cc, flexible to what you are comfortable on.

  • You must have a license and wear a DOT helmet, familiarize yourself with hand signals.

  • We strongly encourage full protective riding gear - armored jackets, boots, gloves.

  • Please read ALL the guidelines, requirements and recommendations on the Eventbrite registration page.

  • Please be prepared at your time of departure with a full tank and an empty bladder :)

And, of course, have a frickin’ BLAST!!!

Meet Liz Kiniery from the DVTR

The community of women who attend OAO are simply amazing. Liz Kiniery is one of them.

In the past year, Liz has propelled herself right into the sport, exploring the race scene and working with the Delaware Valley Trail Riders, becoming part of our partner and sponsor community in the process.

This has me stoked beyond words! We need our partners to have the same level of passion, commitment and pure love for the sport that we have, and the DVTR has proven to have all of the above in spades.

Read on to learn more about Liz, and how the DVTR is contributing to OAO attendees this year!

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Liz Kiniery - Philadelphia, PA - @lizismoto

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING, AND WHAT DO YOU RIDE?

I learned to ride just a few weeks before my wedding in June 2012. I started street-riding on a Kawasaki Ninja 650, then a Suzuki SV 650, and finally my Ducati Multistrada 620. I love a 600cc motor!

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I spent a few years on paved twisties before hopping into the dirt on a Kawasaki KLX 250. I loved that KLX. It would tractor over everything and was super resilient despite my frequent slamming it to the ground. Those early experiences off-road got me hooked!!

Just last year, I decided it was time for my nimble and capable KTM 250 EXC-F. I am 100% obsessed with being outside in the dirt, and I ride every moment that I can!

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HOW DID YOU START WORKING WITH THE DEL VAL TRAIL RIDERS?

I got involved with the DVTR when I volunteered to help them prep for their Dirty Santa Ride - a chill and inclusive trail ride up at the Famous Reading Outdoors property in Pottsville, PA. I’d been following the club’s Facebook page for awhile, so when a call for volunteers came out, I decided to get involved.

I also had a secret goal to race the entire ECEA Enduro Series, so when I discovered they were also a sanctioned ECEA club and I could race under their name, I was all in! Now I am their Director of Operations.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING PART OF THE DVTR?

I love the community. I’ve met a bunch of super nice people who all share the same passion. Some are seasoned riders, others are brand new - all just out to enjoy riding with friends. Everyone always has a kind word, a smile, some good advice, or a funny joke.

I also love being a part of supporting the dirt community. Anyone who has been in the off-road scene long enough has seen riding areas threatened by new legislation or beloved events end due to lack of support. This is a thriving group who cares about the sport - and that feels right.

And lastly, I get to rep a club at races. It’s cool to feel like a part of something bigger when you’re out on the track with 600 racers - I’m not just racing for myself.

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WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST ENDURO AND HARE SCRAMBLE EXPERIENCES LIKE?

They were awesome! Obviously I was scared out of my mind, but I got a lot of advice and support prior, and I had some friends to lead me through on race day! I’m still a newbie to racing, but I’m hooked, and can’t wait to see more of you all out there!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

YOU CAME TO OAO LAST YEAR. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR EVENT?

I loved this event because women got to enjoy some spectacular riding in a low-stress and supportive environment. No matter where you are on your riding journey, there is a place for you without judgment or ego! Want to take your first class? Cool! Want to tool around all morning on the grass track? Great! Want to get out on challenging singletrack? Perfect!  

AS A MEMBER OF OUR PARTNER CLUB, YOU’VE GOTTEN A SNEAK PEAK AT OUR NEW EVENT SPACE FOR 2019. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?

This property is absolutely gorgeous and there is so much riding to do! It feels extraordinarily private! We spent the morning on some fun two-track that wound its way through the property and then continued alongside this beautiful ridge. In the afternoon, we made it up to this power-line trail at the top, which then dropped down into flowing singletrack that carved through the woods and popped us out onto an amazing vista! I’m most excited about getting back out there - it really is spectacular!

SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT LIZ…

HOW IS THE DVTR CONTRIBUTING TO THE AWESOMENESS AT OAO2019?

We’re working with Over And Out to further their mission of expanding riding opportunities for female riders! OAO and the DVTR are aligned on some crucial values like building community and creating enjoyable and successful riding events.

First, DVTR is contributing two passes to the beloved Michaux Dual Sport to the OAO raffle (one of the best parts of whole weekend!) The Michaux is a ride that is near and dear to my heart. It’s the oldest running dual sport in the country, and was sadly at the brink of extinction until DVTR stepped up to work alongside MORE (the club that hosted the event for 30 years) to bring it back for year 31 on Sunday, August 18th!

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The Michaux Dual Sport will have a rider limit of 300 people, and will surely sell out quickly. Winning your two passes means guaranteed access to an another incredible weekend of riding in the beautiful Michaux State Forest.

In partnership with Over And Out, we’ll also be sharing guidance about Dual Sports, Hare scrambles & Enduros. Keep your eyes peeled for a friendly guide coming to the OAO Blog soon!

Last but not least, our Women’s ECEA Ambassadors will be attending Over And Out 2019. These ladies have experienced racing and riding in the East Coast Enduro Association series and are all set to connect with you and answer any questions you might have about getting involved and racing your heart out!

To learn more about the DVTR and the Michaux Dual Sport, check out their site, www.dvtrailriders.org.